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Being a new mom is hard.
On top of that it’s stressful and exhausting. Thanks to delivery and hormone fluctuations you are now a tired mama!
I personally had a traumatic delivery, and months spent in the NICU with my surviving daughter.
I now know the best tips for a new mom. Let’s face it motherhood is hard and I know these helpful tips can help reduce the stress of being a new mom.
A list of 30+ tips for a new mom
1. Your body will feel different
Your body went though so many changes during pregnancy and now birth that it may feel like an out-of-body experience.
Still even a year later I notice these changes. My body looks different and at times feels different.
2. Postpartum depression is real
Have a baby can trigger emotions that you have never felt before. Sometimes it can even cause depression.
Symptoms may include mood swings, crying, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and long-lasting depression.
It doesn’t mean your weak or a bad mom. But if you feel you may have postpartum depression speak to your doctor right away.
3. Stay hydrated
Who knew how important staying hydrated was as a new mom. It’s important to take care of yourself.
Also, by staying hydrated will help with your milk supply and remember if breastfeeding you are drinking for two.
4. Plan sleep
I really didn’t realize how much I loved sleep until it was gone.
Maybe gone is an exaggeration. It was there just not as long and defiantly not as good quality.
Sleep when you can. I was always told sleep when baby is sleeping which can be hard to do as a new parent so do what you’re comfortable with.
Plan naps with your partner or family and ensure your taking time to rest.
5. Accept help
Yes yes yes.
Accept help. I know you can do it yourself but if someone is offering allow them to take something off your plate.
Decide what you need the most help with and delicate it out.
6. Have extra
Have extra baby products on hand. Such as diapers, wipes, pacifiers and sleepers.
You’ll be surprised how quickly you go through stuff and the last thing you want is to run out.
7. Organization is key
This is huge. It’s a excellent idea to organize the baby gear.
Set up a bottle spot in your kitchen to include the drying rack, bottles and nipples.
8. Take care of yourself
Self care is vital for the new mom. I stress this a lot in my blog.
Some ideas can include a hair cut, getting nails done, massage, or doing yoga.
It can even be something as easy as reading, watching a TV show or taking a bubble bath.
Whatever it is that you enjoy make sure you are carving out some time for yourself.
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9. Make feeding comfortable
There is no need to be uncomfortable when feeding your baby. Use a boppy pillow like the one I used and still use!
Sit in a comfortable chair and make sure you have everything you need close by such as water, burp cloth and phone.
10. Soak up the snuggles
Enjoy all the snuggles you can get. Just relax and enjoy watching your little one snooze in your arms.
11. Get on a schedule
I didn’t realize how important a schedule was until I got my daughter on one.
It not only helped her but it helped me. Try to get on a schedule right away to include feeding and sleep. Find a schedule that works best for you and baby.
12. It’s alright if your plan didn’t work
I know as a mom we always have a plan in mind and we want to stick with it. But with motherhood comes curve balls and many times we have to switch our original game plan.
Don’t get discouraged it will work out.
13. Communicate with your partner
It’s best to be on the same page with your partner. This is when you need to work as a team.
Communicate what you need from them. Plan your schedules so you both can get sleep.
Your partner is not a mind reader and may not know what you are needing from them so be sure to communicate to them so they can help.
Swaddling has been around for years and some parents swear by it. Swaddling is when you wrap your baby tight in a swaddle to help them calm down, relax, and ultimately sleep.
When in doubt try the swaddle and see if it helps your baby sleep.
15. Use a sound machine
Get a good sound machine like this one to hush out noise to help soothe your baby to sleep. It’s also a good idea to get a portable one so you can take it on the go for naps.
16. Establish a feeding schedule
When bringing my daughter home from the NICU she was on a schedule to eat every two to three hours.
It was important to stick to what she was used to and comfortable with. Not long after she slept through the night and I had to adjust her feeding schedule again.
Not only is a feed schedule good for your baby it’s also good for you. So find a schedule that works for you both.
17. Reach out to a lactation consultant
If your breastfeeding a lactation consultant is an awesome resource for you for questions, concerns, and tips.
Breastfeeding can be foreign to many new moms and many of us have supply issues or just don’t know how to get the perfect latch.
Use the consultant for guidance. You want the experience to be good for baby and you and it helps if you have the knowledge of how to breastfeed correctly.
18. Don’t let breastfeeding stress you out
It can be a really stressful time as a new mom to try to breastfeed your newborn. As a new mom we have a plan of how we want things to go and it can be hard when things don’t always line up perfectly.
Be patient and don’t stress. Get comfortable and reach out to a lactation consultant if needed.
19. Choose the right formula
Breastfeeding isn’t always a choice for new mom’s so if you are going the bottle route do some research and ask your pediatrician what is the right formula for your baby.
Sometimes you may have to try a few to find the perfect fit for your baby. My daughter is now on her third formula and we finally found the perfect match.
20. Choose the right bottle
Not all bottles are made the same and so offer more options than others. Some bottles are better for breastfed babies than others.
Here is a comprehensive list of the best bottles of 2019 by Mommyhood 101.
21. Prep for nighttime feeds
Have your supplies ready to go before you go to bed. That way at 2 am you aren’t searching the house for something when your half asleep.
Since I exclusively pumped then switched to formula I made a habit of having the bottle parts together and on the kitchen counter.
I then put extra burp cloths and blankets in the nursery for night-time feeds.
22. Have extra diaper station set up
I used a basket and put extra diapers, wipes, and butt cream in my living room. So that way I didn’t have to run to the nursery every diaper change I could do it right there.
23. Babies are gasey
So don’t be alarmed. Check out my 6 tips to relieve gas pain.
24. Spit rags
It’s very common for newborns to be extra spitty during the first three months and some even longer. Most babies outgrow spitting up by the age of 12 months.
Some tips to prevent spitting up
Sit up right
If you notice that your baby is spitting up more frequently and not gaining weight be sure to reach out to your pediatrician right away.
Some signs of concern would be
Not gaining weight
Crying and more irritable
Less wet diapers
Spits up forcefully
Refuses to eat
25. You don’t need every baby product
I know first hand how overwhelmingly registering for your first baby can be. You get recommendations from family, friends, and strangers on their must-have baby products. And when in the store all the products are cute and you must have.
But really you don’t need all the must-have baby items being recommended. Your baby doesn’t need every swing, bouncer and walker. Just because you have it doesn’t mean your baby will love it. Here is a list of my essential baby items I used.
26. Schedule date nights
Be sure to include date nights in your new schedule as mom and dad. It’s important to make your relationship a priority. Try to schedule a date night at least once a month.
Be sure to check out my post for free date night ideas!
27. Meal plan
A great tip before giving birth is to make several freezer meals. As a new mom cooking is one of the last thing on your mind but you need to eat. It’s one less thing you will have to worry about as a new mom.
Then once your on a schedule meal plan for the entire week. That will make grocery shopping and cooking easy as you know what you are eating each day.
28. Be patient
An important tip for a new mom is to be patient. There are going to be hard days, you will be exhausted and emotional. Don’t be hard on yourself all moms go through the same struggles.
Be patient with yourself, your spouse and your baby. And remember its a new experience for you all.
29. Get creative
Not all suggestions and recommendations will work on your baby. Sometimes you may need to get creative as a new mom. Try different methods to see what works for your baby.
30. Know you’re doing the best
You are doing the best remember that. I know first hand that there are days where I feel as I am failing as a mom or I’m not good enough.
Which is ridiculous mom guilt but it’s part of the motherhood and we all get it at times.
You are the best mom for your baby.
31. Take pictures
Lots and lots of pictures. Take daily pictures, funny pictures, milestones, and monthly growth pictures.
I promise you will appreciate as the years go by.
32. Remember they are only this small for a short time
Enjoy the snuggles and appreciate the current stage your baby is in. Just enjoy the today. Don’t look at the future or regret the past.
The time does go by fast as a new mom so be sure to enjoy the little moments and be present.
Tips for a new mom
I hope that my 30 plus tips for a new mom will help you adjust into your new role of motherhood.
I would love to know in the comments what was the best tip you received as a new mom.